People in States Represented by the Cosponsors of the CHOICE Act Lose $12.1 Billion Each Year Due to Conflicted Retirement Advice

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By Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute Yesterday, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 passed the House of Representatives along party lines, with 233 Republicans and no Democrats voting in favor of the bill, and 185 Democrats and one Republican voting against it. In the event it were to...
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Federal Science Advisory Boards Under Threat: Why Scientists Should Get Involved

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By Andrew Rosenberg, Union of Concerned Scientists Serving on a science advisory board for a federal agency is an interesting and in many ways rewarding experience for a scientist. I have been on a research advisory board for the Navy, advisory boards for assessing the impacts of climate...
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Questions Arise as Senate Prepares to Take Up Nomination for Key Trump Regulatory Post

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By Robert Verchick, Center for Progressive Reform Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will examine and likely vote on President’s Trump’s selection for Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). OIRA is the most...
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The Regulatory Accountability Act Is a Threat to Small Businesses

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By Leo Nguyen, Main Street Alliance In recent years, American conservatives have been publicly reminiscing about an imaginary time, the bygone heydey of the laissez-faire market created by our Founding Fathers. “Overregulation is killing jobs! And entrepreneurship! And limiting econom...
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Fighting Back Against Trump’s Illegal “Two for One Rule”

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By Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists In the aftermath of President Trump’s disgraceful decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, we are fighting back today against another presidential order that will do great damage. The Union of Concerned Scientists filed a friend of the cou...
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Two Questions for Trump’s ‘Regulatory Czaritsa’ Nominee

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By Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza and Joe Valent, Center for American Progress In his latest attempt to put corporations before people, President Donald Trump has nominated vocal opponent of regulation Professor Neomi Rao to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA, within the...
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Sierra Club and Allies Sue Trump’s EPA for Weakening Vital Protections Against Oil and Gas Pollution

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By Joanne Spalding and Andres Restrepo, Sierra Club Today, the Sierra Club and its allies sued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for delaying crucial safeguards that reduce climate pollution, smog-forming compounds, and air toxins from oil and gas facilities. This action represents the first...
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Trump’s War on the First Amendment Finds a Home at the FCC

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By Timothy Karr, Free Press Donald Trump’s war against a free press has extended into “the cyber,” where his followers at the Federal Communications Commission are intent on unwinding a vitally important free-speech protection that internet users won after years of organizing and effort. To...
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The Trump Administration Gives Polluters Another Free Pass, So We’re Suing

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By the Natural Resources Defense Council By failing to regulate methane pollution, Trump’s EPA is putting communities across the country at risk. “On the heels of news reports that the United States will walk away from a global commitment to combat climate change, President Trump is...
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FDA Allows Secret, Untested Chemicals into Our Food

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By Peter Lehner, Earthjustice When you open a bag of chips or an energy drink for a quick snack, you assume they’re safe to consume. Surely they’ve been vetted. That’s what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is for, right? Unfortunately, the FDA, the agency legally responsible for ensuring...
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Make No Mistake: Chairman Pai Wants to Roll Back the Net Neutrality Rules. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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By Gaurav Laroia, Free Press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai officially released the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) last week to begin a process intended to undo the 2015 Open Internet Order and roll back vital Net Neutrality protections. The NPRM summarizes Pai’s thinking and sets up...
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Court Rules That People Should Be Protected From Untested Pesticides

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By Kara Cook-Schultz, U.S. PIRG A groundbreaking court victory came out yesterday: The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an important pesticide law and ruled that pesticides can’t be sold until they’re tested for safety. For years, chemical corporations have sold chemicals before testing them...
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